Sunday, July 10, 2016

Moar Sneks!

Or More Snakes for those who don't speak "internet."

Between the holiday and Thursday being mini club day, it was a short streaming week. But I did get four more mini ball python morphs painted.

A little background on python morphs. There are many genes that will breed true and they have names like: Axanthic, Bee, Lesser, Mojave, Disco, Enchi, Ghost, Gravel, Albino... the list really goes on and on. So when you see a morph called Banana Pied Disco, you know that the snake carries genes to be yellow (Banana), piebald, (Pied), and have some interesting patterns and shading (Disco).  There's more to it than that, but that's the basics. If anyone feels like diving into the rabbit hole that is ball python morphs, I suggest this page as an awesome starting point.

First up is "Angry Pretzel Snake." That's his name, not his morph. We (chat and myself) decided the snake in the reference image didn't look happy to be photographed, so the mini was thusly named. The morph is called Ultra Pied.

I'm happier with the paint job than the sculpting I did on his face. He looks like he's smiling. Snakes don't smile. They're the kings and queens of poker face. Ah well. He was one of my earlier sculpts, so I'm not going to complain too much. That's what practice pieces are for.

Then I tried my hand at the Orange Ghost Mojave. I used one of my nesting females for this one.

Again, she's one of my first sculpting attempts, so she's not perfect. By why waste the chance at painting practice? I do like how most of her colors turned out. I think the purples needed to be grayed out more.

Next up was the Albino Black Bee. This snake was the last one I sculpted and it shows. He's much better proportioned than the others.

I'm extremely happy about the way his markings turned out as well. I think he's my best overall at this point.

Finally I painted my other nesting female as an Anxanthic Fire Bee - Snake Keeper Line.

I'm happy with her paint job. There are some changes I'd make if the clay was still raw, but other than that, she's good. Incidentally, this is one of my favorite morphs. Such elegant looking animals!

That's all for now. I need to go attend to things in the real world for a bit. See you all next week!

1 comment:

Miss Kitty said...

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Totally adorable!